Collection of hazardous waste in June and disposal of paint all year round

Submitted by San Juan County.

Hazardous waste should always be brought in free of charge at any county collection event. It’s both safe and easy to do! The safe disposal of hazardous waste is mutually critical for our human health as well as for the environment.

San Juan County hazardous waste collection dates vary by island. The Lopez Island event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26. Bring the trash to The Dump, located at 2419 Fisherman Bay Road.

If you have a question as to whether an item is hazardous, please view the poster below, call your island’s waste treatment plant, or email our Environmental Resources Division’s Solid Waste Program at solidwaste @ sanjuanco.com.

New for this year, we’ve created a full-color flyer to help you easily identify certified green products that are safe and much safer for you, your family, your pets, your yard, and wildlife.

Did you know that buying certified green products will generally save you money over the life of the product and are always easier to dispose of safely? Did you know that collecting hazardous waste costs our county more than $ 70,000 each year!

Unsafe products may seem cheap on the shelves, but they will definitely cost you and your community more in the long run. Find the “Shop Safer” leaflet on sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/23197/Shop-Safer—-Alternatives-to-HHW.

Another new feature this year is the “Washington Paint Bill” or “PaintCare® WA Program”. The program went live in San Juan County on April 1 (no kidding)! This is a really great and exciting program for our county as paint products accumulate about 40% of the hazardous waste we collect and the associated disposal costs. Perhaps even better than the cost savings is the convenience of being able to now bring any accepted PaintCare® free products all year round! Our local PaintCare locations are at paintcare.org/drop-off-sites and a list of accepted PaintCare® the products are listed here paintcare.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/xx-program-products-list.pdf. How PaintCare® job? Basically every new PaintCare® product carries a small recycling fee at the time of sale. These relatively unnoticed recovery costs then make it possible to recover all the remains of PaintCare.® products to take back to be recycled, or even directly reused in the community! For more questions, please contact your local waste station or [email protected]

Here is where you can already throw away / recycle your PaintCare® products all year round, free of charge:

• Ace Hardware – Friday Harbor, 340 Argyle Ave., acehardware.com/store-details/15101.

• Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, 2419 Fisherman Bay Road, lopezsolidwaste.org.

• Orcas Recycling Services, 3398 Orcas Road, changeorcas.org.

For a complete list of freely accepted PaintCare® products please visit paintcare.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/xx-program-products-list.pdf.

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